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A Bridge to Raleigh’s Future: The Decision is Now!

Here’s a quiz:  Guess where this is?

  • You rarely see people walking here.
  • It’s located just a few blocks from a commercial center and downtown entertainment district.
  • It’s within the downtown improvement district.
  • The area is huge, with lots of potential

Answer – see map

As the downtown revitalization has continued to move forward, an area like this could be expected to have attracted a lot of attention, yet developers avoid it.



A favorable bridge redesign offers to spark redevelopment

With the bridge over Peace Street at its useful life, a forward-friendly redesign of the bridge could be a catalyst to redevelop this important area of downtown.…

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Glenwood South Tree Sweater Art Installation

Participants will gather at The Carter Building at 10am on the morning of January 25th before trailing down the length of Glenwood Avenue to Peace Street, leaving the trees dressed in stripes and patterns of every color.  Hot chocolate and snacks will be served  at 11:00 at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, when visitors and participants gather for comments from city officials, prizes awarded to knitters, and a drawing of gift certificates from local merchants.

For the past six weeks, knitters have been meeting each Friday at SpiritWorks Studio at the Carter Building to create Tree Sweaters for the city owned trees lining the Glenwood South thoroughfare.  Many cars pass through on their way into downtown, but merchants and residents have banded together into the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative to offer reasons to stop on their street, long before their popular late night businesses come into full swing.

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Peace Street Bridge Replacement on Capital Blvd Moving Ahead

cap_blvd2After years of planning and the review of multiple designs, the city is now down to just two options for how the new bridge will connect into the surrounding area.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Winter 2013 – Environmental Assessment
  • Spring 2014 – Public Hearing
  • Fall 2014 – Final Environmental Document
  • Year 2015 – Begin Right of Way Acquisition
  • Year 2016 – Begin Construction

Why it matters so much

The selection of the final bridge design stands to hugely impact the development of the surrounding area. The bridge could become an important catalyst to spark a major makeover of a large swath of underdeveloped area on the northeast corner of Glenwood South.…

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West Apartments Times II

It’s been two years since we first heard about the West Apartments, one of a number of new 5-6 story apartment buildings to be built downtown.  As talk shifted to Greg Sandreuter’s 23-story Skyhouse Apartments announced a year ago, the buzz seemed to die down regarding his smaller 7-story apartment building next to the present West at North condos.

West Apartments II

But now there is another West Apartments, West Apartments II being planned for that same track of land on the northeastern edge of Glenwood South.  I haven’t seen anything about it in the news, but the site plan suddenly appeared a few months ago on the City’s website.…

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Faces of Downtown Raleigh: Serge Falcoz-Vigne of 518 West Italian Cafe

What do Paris, France, Happy Hour, wood-fired oven baked offerings and neighbor have in common? 518 West

518 West Italian Cafe has been a fixture to Glenwood South for the past 17 years.  Residents began to move into their “backyard” 4 ½ years ago.  Styles have changed and the needs of residents have changed.  518 West has started to make big changes too.  In the past 6 months they have brought on a whole new management staff, including a chef straight from Paris,France, Serge Falcoz-Vigne.

Serge gets especially excited talking to customers about his love for cooking and using all local produce in his recipes.  When I asked him what he did to make the Chicken Marsala even tastier, he responded “better wine and hours of simmering.  We open early to make all of our items fresh (including pasta), so why not start cooking the Marsala early?”

I asked Serge, “What do locals want in a neighborhood restaurant?”

His answers:

  • A place to go where they know your name
  • A place where management acknowledges you as a local
  • A place where neighbors can meet for drinks, eat, and socialize without dumping their wallets

Serge is just one more reason I love living in a downtown condo. I feel like I have the LARGEST family ever.…

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Mark your calendars now! Show up at the Feb. 5 public hearing to support West Peace Street improvements!

IMG_2670Picture driving along West Peace Street, between St. Mary’s and West Street; a busy street with missing or torn up sidewalks, unable to meet the demands of school and work traffic.  As a primary traffic corridor for east Raleigh neighborhoods, Cameron Village and the State Government Center, it reflects a lack of appeal, as well as safety.  Now you have an opportunity to let the city know that they have your support in making welcome improvements.


Here’s the backstory

Five years ago the West Peace Streetscape Improvement Plan was created, originally planned as phase 2 of the Glenwood South streetscape improvement project.  But in response to the economic recession in 2008, the previously allocated $1.3 million construction fund was placed in an economic reserve account where it remains today.…

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The Residences at Quorum Center: One of Raleigh’s premier condo properties

Everyone loves a good view. In real estate, I’ve found this is one of those things that makes someone fall in love immediately with a place. For this reason and knowing about many places in downtown Raleigh, I have to say the Residences at Quorum Center are one my absolute favorites!

My husband Manuel and I re-discovered this building in downtown Raleigh after I sold our home in 2011, looking to live downtown Raleigh and to experience city life. Boy, did we make the right choice! This building is unlike any other in downtown in terms of the upscale details and the amazing views.…

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Why the West Won!

When my husband and I decided to buy a condo in downtown Raleigh, we wanted a building with concrete construction and double walls for noise control (drywall, insulation, air space, insulation, drywall) and a pool. During the summer of 2007, after shopping around and doing our homework, we were thoroughly impressed with The West.  The West has 8-inch concrete in the floor and ceiling with double walls between units and the heated pool is on the rooftop. There are no units overlooking the pool so you don’t have people watching you from above and you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors when cranking the tunes and getting rowdy.…

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“Generation Rent” pushing demand for Downtown apartments

You’ve probably noticed the constructions sites that have sprung up everywhere you look in downtown, from Cameron Village to St Mary’s, to Hillsborough Street.  Having seen past booms that saturated the market with too much office space, too many spec homes and condos that sat empty, some are questioning the wisdom of developers who have jumped into the present apartment building craze.  Here is some perspective for the next time this comes up in a conversation with other downtowners…

This time is different!

Developers and the banks behind them are not taking risky bets this time.  Developers are focusing only on rental units, catering to ‘Generation Rent’.  And Raleigh is part of a national trend, as downtowns have begun growing faster than suburbs for the first time in 100 years!…

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Downtown investment is key to keeping taxes down while supporting Raleigh’s population growth

Joe Minicozzi, a new projects manager of a firm which drove the revitalization of downtown Asheville has taken his show on the road, convincing other cities:

If you’ve got underutilized buildings in your downtown, do anything you can to fix them up, because that’s where your wealth comes from.

The bottom line is that per acre, high density areas have the potential to generate much more public wealth than low-density subdivisions or massive suburban malls.  Taking into consideration the revenue they bring in, downtowns cost considerably less to maintain in public services and infrastructure.

Growth in low density development works like a pyramid scheme. 

Low density development isn’t just a poor way to make property-tax revenue, it’s extremely expensive to maintain.  In fact, it could only be feasible if we’re expanding development at the periphery into eternity, forever bringing in revenue from new construction, helping to pay for the existing subdivisions we’ve already built.…

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